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A cabinet of Byzantine curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from history's most orthodox empire, Anthony Kaldellis

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A cabinet of Byzantine curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from history's most orthodox empire
Title
A cabinet of Byzantine curiosities
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strange tales and surprising facts from history's most orthodox empire
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Anthony Kaldellis
Title variation
A cabinet of Byzantine curiosities
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Language
eng
Summary
Weird, decadent, degenerate, racially mixed, superstitious, theocratic, effeminate, and even hyper-literate, Byzantium has long been regarded by many as one big curiosity. According to Voltaire, it represented "a worthless collection of miracles, a disgrace for the human mind" for Hegel it was "a disgusting picture of imbecility." A Cabinet of Byzantine Curiosities will reinforce these old prejudices, while also stimulating a deeper interest among readers in one of history's most interesting civilisations. Many of the zanier tales and trivia that are collected here revolve around the political and religious life of Byzantium. Thus, stories of saints, relics, and their miracles-from the hilarious to the revolting-abound. Byzantine bureaucracy (whence the adjective "Byzantine"), court scandals, and elaborate penal code are world famous. And what would Byzantium be without its eunuchs, whose ambiguous gender produced odd and risible outcomes in different contexts? The book also contains sections on daily life that are equally eye-opening, including food (from aphrodisiacs to fermented fish sauce), games such as polo and acrobatics, and obnoxious views of foreigners and others (e.g. Germans, Catholics, Arabs, dwarves). But lest we overlook Byzantium's more honourable contributions to civilisation, also included are some of the marvels of Byzantine science and technology, from the military (flamethrowers and hand grenades) to the theatrical ("elevator" thrones, roaring mechanical lions) and medical (catheters and cures, some bizarre). This vast assortment of historical anomaly and absurdity sheds vital light on one of history's most obscure and orthodox empires
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Kaldellis, Anthony
Dewey number
949.502
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illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Orthodox Eastern Church
  • Orthodox Eastern Church
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Byzantine Empire
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A cabinet of Byzantine curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from history's most orthodox empire, Anthony Kaldellis
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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  • still image
  • text
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  • sti
  • txt
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Marriage and the family -- Unorthodox sex -- Animals -- Food and dining -- Eunuchs -- Medical practice -- Science and technology -- War, by any means -- A menagerie of saints -- Heresy and scandal -- A gallery of rogues -- Inventive insults -- Punishments -- Foreign lands and people, 330-641 AD -- Foreigners and stereotypes, 641-1453 AD -- Latins, Franks, and Germans -- Disasters, mostly acts of God -- The emperors
Control code
000059907838
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 236 pages
Isbn
9780190625948
Lccn
2017018263
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982092519
Label
A cabinet of Byzantine curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from history's most orthodox empire, Anthony Kaldellis
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Marriage and the family -- Unorthodox sex -- Animals -- Food and dining -- Eunuchs -- Medical practice -- Science and technology -- War, by any means -- A menagerie of saints -- Heresy and scandal -- A gallery of rogues -- Inventive insults -- Punishments -- Foreign lands and people, 330-641 AD -- Foreigners and stereotypes, 641-1453 AD -- Latins, Franks, and Germans -- Disasters, mostly acts of God -- The emperors
Control code
000059907838
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 236 pages
Isbn
9780190625948
Lccn
2017018263
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982092519

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